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Benchmark 3

Addressing The Needs of Each Student

Schools and colleges should have a strategic overview of a student’s journey and should have in place a scheme of learning which is underpinned by inspirational encounters and activities which actively challenge stereotypes and raise aspirations.

Each student is an individual with a wide range of influences:  family, peers, teachers and careers guidance professionals as well as social factors such as gender , disability and personality, can all influence decision making  – as does the relative popularity of different TV shows and celebrities.

The end result is that young people often have a world view that limits their career decision making capacity.  Careers leaders commit to delivering a programme of learning and encounters that cuts through all of this ‘noise’ and helps ALL students, regardless of their backgrounds or additional needs, make informed choices.

There cannot be a general ‘one size fits all’ programme, Careers Leaders should consider how their programme meets the needs of all students regardless of ability and social background.

Gatsby recommends that Careers Leaders use systematic recording to monitor and ensure all students are actively included within the careers plan and ideally that students themselves are able to access these records to help them take responsibility for their own learning.

All students should have:
  • A scheme of learning and experiences that meet their own individual needs
  • Encounters with a range of employers to inspire them about different career pathways
  • Encounters with successful role models who can connect with students of similar backgrounds to help raise aspirations

 

  • Accessible information and activities delivered in such a way that it remains interesting and inspirational without being overwhelming to the individual and does not preclude any groups.
  • An understanding of what their individual career journey will look like in terms of experiences, skill building and knowledge gathering and access to a record of these.